Pastoral Letter from Rev. Julie Yoder Elmore
March 22, 2020
I hope this message finds your soul at peace in the midst of the storm of the COVID-19 Outbreak. We have certainly been through much challenge over the last several weeks as we continue to relearn a new normal moment by moment. If your soul is anything but peaceful, you are not alone. Be encouraged that God continues with us on this journey as we rethink our world and how we participate in it – even or especially from home.
One of the passages that often brings me encouragement in the midst of any storm is John 16:33 where Jesus says, “I’ve said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you have distress. But be encouraged! I have conquered the world.” (CEB) Distress is part of the broken world we live in and many times we have the illusion that we are in control. However, this outbreak has reminded us how little control we have. May we continue to put our faith even more in the God who created us and loves us and is our strength especially in uncertain times. Through Christ, God has ultimately overcome the evil forces of this world.
For as long as we are encouraged to physical distance, Coldwater UMC will continue to provide online services on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am on Facebook, as well as on YouTube. DVD copies of the worship services are being made as well and will be sent out to those without internet. I will also continue leading morning devotions at 6:45 am each day via Facebook Live. Prayer requests can be sent via email to email@example.com or by calling 279-8402. The Mary & Martha Diner will continue as a drive-thru operation on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. I encourage you to check in with and pray for others in our community of faith.
May God continue to work through each of us during this time and keep us strong as a community of faith.
In Christ’s Love,
Rev. Julie Yoder Elmore